“Bloodstock” explores the myths and origins of horse racing in America.
A personal project, this book investigates the sport’s connection with crooked politicians, affluent businessmen, and explores how breeding rights and rivalries have affected Thoroughbred stock. It considers how the rise of "racinos" – combined race track and casino – and simulcast races have changed the sport and affected the health of the horses. Much like their human counterparts, these athletes are frequently given illegal drugs to boost their performance. The narrative also provides a glimpse into the community of bettors and race enthusiasts.
PHOTOGRAPHY Laurel Geddes & Andrew Dale, on location at Santa Anita Park and Betfair Hollywood Park
EDITORIAL DESIGN, PRINTING, BOOKBINDING Laurel Geddes